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Neuroscience and Pain Research

Study finds multiple medications impact how we age and the health of our gut.

A new study by researchers at the Kolling Institute, in collaboration with the Microbiome Research Centre, has shown that multiple medication use impacts gut microbiome, and may influence the ageing process. Gizem Gemikonakli, a PhD student at the University of Sydney, said their findings followed a longitudinal, in vivo study. “Interestingly, mice that were given a regimen of five thera.....
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Category: Neuroscience and Pain Research, Research Excellence

Innovative trial aims to reduce the impact of serious spinal cord injuries.

A simple yet smart approach may hold the key to greatly improved health for those with life-changing spinal cord injuries. Researchers from the Kolling Institute’s John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research are launching a project to assess whether a specific breathing technique can improve many of the challenges faced by people with a spinal cord injury, like chronic pain, life threa.....
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Category: Neuroscience and Pain Research, Research Excellence

Researchers closer to better pain management strategies.

Researchers at the Kolling Institute have taken an important step towards the development of safer, non-addictive pain medications by increasing our understanding of spinal cord pain signalling. This valuable progress has been recognised internationally with publication in the Journal of Physiology, a leading scientific journal. The findings follow the latest figures indicating more than.....
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Category: Neuroscience and Pain Research, Research Excellence

Innovative research on show.

An impressive group of emerging leaders addressed the Kolling’s Neuroscience and Pain Showcase, sharing details of their diverse and exciting research projects. With a broad range of expertise in this field, the showcase involved representatives from the pain management and rehabilitations teams, as well as the ageing, mental health, neurogenetics and neuromuscular imaging groups. The ea.....
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Category: Neuroscience and Pain Research, Research Excellence

Back pain treatments shouldn’t neglect the mind.

New research by a team from the Kolling Institute has found the best treatment for chronic low back pain doesn’t just focus on the physical, but combines physiotherapy treatments with those focusing on the mind. The study, involving Emma Ho, Professor Manuela Ferreira and Lingxiao Chen, analysed evidence from almost 100 trials worldwide involving over 13,000 patients. It found a combinat.....
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Category: Musculoskeletal Research, Neuroscience and Pain Research, Research Excellence

Australia to introduce ground breaking technology to target debilitating Mito disease.

Clinicians, researchers and patients have welcomed a landmark law which will pave the way for remarkable new IVF technology to prevent mitochondrial disease. Known as “Maeve’s law” after a young Victorian girl with a rare genetic disorder, the legislation was passed by Federal Parliament allowing the specialised IVF procedure to be carried out in Australia. It will involve replacing faul.....
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Category: Neuroscience and Pain Research, New Treatment, World-leading technology

Researchers identify the best way to ease chronic pain.

With large numbers of people across the community looking for effective and lasting ways to treat pain, our researchers at the Kolling Institute are driving nationally significant projects to reduce a reliance on opioid medication and promote proven alternative options. The research by our team from the Pain Management Research Centre follows the latest figures which indicate around 20 p.....
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Category: Neuroscience and Pain Research, New Treatment, Research Excellence

Kolling researcher to join prestigious Harvard Medical School program.

Congratulations to Kolling Institute researcher Dr Manasi Mittinty who has been selected for the Advanced Global Clinical Scholar Research training at Harvard Medical School. Dr Mittinty is a medical trained researcher with the Pain Management and Research Centre and a University of Sydney lecturer. She has a keen interest in translation research and the connections between musculoskelet.....
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Category: Musculoskeletal Research, Neuroscience and Pain Research

Living with  Parkinson's disease.

As a single mum of four children, Jo Makamaka is juggling many responsibilities. She is not complaining though, just cherishing the opportunity to look after her children and take part in a host of activities which were not always within her reach. Jo first saw a neurologist in her early-20s in response to a collection of unusual symptoms, but it was not until many years later that she w.....
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Category: Neuroscience and Pain Research, Research Excellence

World-leading research in the spotlight.

The Neuroscience and Pain Research Showcase provided a timely opportunity to demonstrate the breadth of expertise across this priority research area at the Kolling. Co-ordinated by Professors Paul Glare and Lisa Harvey, the online event attracted more than 250 people. A diverse range of presentations focused on the cutting-edge research targeting mitochondrial disease, psychiatric disord.....
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Category: Neuroscience and Pain Research, Research Excellence, World-leading technology